Solving Illegal Immigration [For Real] | Sonia Nazario | TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Sonia Nazario takes you on a personal, powerful, emotional journey to show why three solutions pushed for decades by U.S. politicians–both on the left and the right—to stem illegal immigration have failed. The author of Enrique’s Journey, possibly the most read book about immigrants to the U.S., asks: What if we did something radically new, something that works?

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Sonia Nazario is an award‐winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration -­ and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.

She is best known for “Enrique’s Journey,” her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, “Enrique’s Journey” won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal, and later joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.

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